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... that only 2% makes such a difference!
We hike for over 3 hours before we come upon them, high in the trees, lounging on branches and eating figs. As we crane our necks watching them, the group descends to the ground and we excitedly follow them through the dense undergrowth. From time to time they stop, turn around, and look, but mostly they keep their distance. I manage a few slightly blurred photos of a mother with her rather large infant on her back.
Situated on Uganda's western border with the Democratic Republic of Congo, the legendary Rwenzori Mountains made for an arduous, demanding trek. Dotted with numerous snow-covered mountains, we opted to tackle the highest peak of the range, Margherita, sitting at 5,109 metres. Over a nine-day period, we experienced a grueling mix of undulating terrain that included mud-ridden bogs, streams, waterfalls and a steep ascent across glaciers.
Day 1 - Trek to ...
Today was a travel day. We left after a later breakfast (and slow moving due to aching muscles from yesterday's grueling hike) and headed to Queen Elizabeth National Park. Along the way we visited the Rwenzori Founders Art Centre, Sculpture Gallery and Coffee Bar. Here is a description from their facebook page:
"Located in the foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains, the centre is just off the ...
It started raining and the clay trail with ruts turned into a river with slick mud. The traction on the hiking boots was covered with mud and so walking became like skating down the hills. Walking poles really didn't help either. After falling a few times, I sat down and slid down the hills. It was at least fun and I think I amused many local people who saw me sliding down the mountain, my hiking pants all covered in orange mud!
... we were staying near the crater lakes, out of town.. Sometimes a bit more money is well spent! We perked up as soon as we arrived as the place was stunning and was on the edge of one of the crater lakes. There were so many monkeys as well which entertained us and also scared us a bit as they got so close! We stayed in a 'Banda' which was a local hut with a thatched type roof and had some ...